BWTF Lab Instructions for IDEXX Quant-tray/Enterolert method
MPN Table for the Quantitray Sealer
Video demonstration of water sample preparation in the lab
Ocean Illness Form. Use this web-based tool to collect reports of people getting sick from swimming or surfing at your local beaches. Chapters can set up “alerts” on the site that will send them emails whenever a report is submitted within their designated area.
What's in the Water? 1-page handout
Video featuring Santa Monica High School students describing their testing program and their local pollution issues. Illustrates sample collection and reading lab results.
BWTF Manual circa 2003
Video Surfrider Foundation Europe Ocean Report: Water Quality & Health, this 11 min video provides a good overview of beach pollution issues, health impacts of pollution & how beaches are monitored and managed in Europe. Most issues are very relevant to US too. Good educational video to show BWTF volunteers or students.
Source Tracking Guides for Bacterial Pollution
July 01 2015
There is good news coming out of Hawaii as Surfrider's efforts there have seen the successful passage of two new laws that will curb the pollution from stormwater runoff and finally bring the the State into the 21rst century of wastewater management by outlawing the installation of new cess pools. Now the Chapters are asking the State to do the right thing and post warning signs at popular recreational sites where there are well documented and known problems with bacterial contamination.
June 19 2015
Cowell's Beach in Santa Cruz, California remains at the top of the Beach Bummer list highlighted in the 2015 Beach Report Card released by Heal the Bay, but local groups have activated to look for solutions for this popular beach's pollution problems.
May 21 2015
The Surfrider Foundation is pleased to release its 2014 Annual Report for the Blue Water Task Force program. The time and interest that chapters and volunteers continue to dedicate towards monitoring the water quality at their local beaches is truly inspiring, especially as our federal government continues to threaten to withdraw financial support for beach water testing programs.
May 19 2015
The Santa Cruz Chapter was one of the first Surfrider chapters to establish a BWTF water testing program back in 1993. Over the past 20+ years, the chapter has been building a historical record of water quality information for local beaches and driving campaigns to solve beach pollution problems.
May 19 2015
The Marin County Chapter uses its BWTF water testing program to educate local high school students on the science and methodology of water quality monitoring, local water pollution issues, and Surfrider’s mission to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves and beaches.
May 19 2015
The South Sound Chapter is providing a great collaborative opportunity through their BWTF water testing program for an educational institution, Surfrider volunteers, and local health agencies to work together to provide better protection for beachgoers and water recreational enthusiasts in Tacoma, Washington.
May 13 2015
Surfrider and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality co-hosted a beach bacteria workshop in Newport, Oregon to inform the public of their joint efforts to asses beach water quality impairments and support the DEQ's Midcoast Water Quality Management Process.
May 05 2015
The Vancouver Island Chapter is using their Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing program to promote environmental stewardship in youth and ensure safe and healthy access to local coastal habitats. This video documents how engaged the participating kids are in both the water quality testing and protecting the beach, coastal habitats and marine life.
March 17 2015
The Surfrider Foundation is once again looking to Congress to restore federal funding for the EPA BEACH grants program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.
February 26 2015
The Marin County BWTF program has established a new lab at Tamalpais High School. The Tamalpais Environmental Science students have been out every week since the end of January sampling three area beaches. The Chapter is excited to bring the Blue Water Task Force program into this new public high school exposing the students to the science and methodology of water quality monitoring, local water pollution issues, and Surfrider’s mission to protect and enjoy oceans, waves and beaches.
February 25 2015
The Kaua’i BWTF released their annual program report in their local newspaper earlier this month. Their chapter tests 24 surf breaks and streams around the island on a monthly basis, and every year presents their findings along with water quality data collected by the State Department of Health (DOH) to increase public awareness of water quality concerns on Kaua’i.
February 17 2015
The Rincón Chapter BWTF has entered into a new collaboration with the Department of Applied Ocean Science & Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) and the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS). The purpose of the Prequntaguas project is to increase public health monitoring of fecal bacterial contamination in recreational waters in Northwest Puerto Rico.
February 15 2015
The Vancouver Island Chapter's Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing results can now be viewed on the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. Available online or through a free phone app, the Swim Guide reaches 150,000 beach users throughout North America.
January 26 2015
The Santa Cruz Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is supporting the efforts of a new Working Group tasked by the City to find and test out all potential solutions to the chronic contamination that has plagued Cowell's Beach over recent years.
January 22 2015
Oregon Parks Department is nearing completion on a new septic system at Short Sands beach to help address the water quality issues first identified in August of 2013, through the work of the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program, Department of Environmental Quality, Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force Program and concerned local ocean users.
January 07 2015
The Coos Bay Chapter has teamed up with a science class at Bandon High School to increase youth engagement in local water quality issues.
December 16 2014
Funding for the EPA BEACH Grants program was saved by Congress for the third year in a row, with the passage of the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill this week. State and local beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs remain in business for at least another year. Surfrider now looks ahead to next year’s budget and insuring long-term funding for the EPA BEACH Grant program.
December 15 2014
Thanks to the generosity of Eva Chiles Meyer Fund #1 and the Oneatta Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the reach of the BWTF in Oregon will continue to grow in 2015. Projects to be supported include the launch of a new lab and program at Bandon High School, collaboration with the City of Newport on a water quality restoration project and a multi-agency partnership to source and educate on pollution issues at Oswald West State Park (Short Sands beach).
November 17 2014
Today's release of a report, which Surfrider contributed to, lists actions that state and federal agencies can take now and prepare for the future. It's right in line with Surfrider's Clean Water Initiative approach.